Aug 14, 2011

Suggestions for Pomodoro Apps that run on Android Tablets

Note: Please follow this link to the Pomodoro Technique if you are not familiar with it.

After going through all the currently available Pomodoro applications for Android, I have few suggestions and ideas which I will share in this post. If you are a developer who gets interested and uses the ideas below, please don't forget to send me a link once you upload your application so that I can install it! :)

First, I think it would be very useful if there is Pomodoro icon near the clock (on Android tablets) which would indicate how much time have passed with 5 minutes being the basic unit. So a quick look can tell the user if 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or 20 minutes has passed. Then hovering over this icon, a user can know exactly how much is left.

Second, for the break time, it would be nice if a quick glance at the icon near the clock can indicate whether 1, 2, 3, or 4 minutes has passed from the break.

Third, since every Android user has a Google account, I think it is very helpful if the Pomodoro application would make use of the Google tasks. So when a user wants to start a Pomodoro, he can simply choose one of the tasks from his Google tasks.

Forth, it would be really cool if the application would save the used 30 minute (25 minutes working, 5 minutes break) of the Pomodoro in the Google calendar. It doesn’t have to be the exact minute, but maybe something to the nearest 15 minutes (like :15, :30, :45, :00) or 10 minutes (like :10, :20, etc.).

I don’t know how many people would be willing to pay for such an application, but definitely I would.